John Zhu is the senior public affairs officer and communications strategist at the Duke University Graduate School. Before joining Duke in 2014, he spent seven years as the assistant director of communications at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Zhu holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a master’s degree in technology and communication, both from the UNC School of Media and Journalism. He began his career as a journalist at The Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he has worked as a writer, editor, designer and public relations professional. 



  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill